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An371: Intro to Environmental Anthropology
A Research Guide

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How do I find a copy of the article?
Citing sources  

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research, Sylvia Morra, x1452 or email AskUs.

Find background information
Find essential nuggets of information in subject specific encyclopedias listed below. They include summary articles and bibliographies to get you started.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Ref 300.3 In61)
    Contains excellent articles on "Human Ecology", "Ecological Economics", "Ecology, Political", and "Human-Environment Relationships".

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Ref 300.3 In61)
    Contains excellent articles that provide context and researchers on "Environmental Anthropology", "Cultural Ecology", and "Historical Ecology".

Tips for effective searching

Keyword and subject searching

Be persistent in your searching.

Use synonyms.

Try both singular and plural forms of words (use a "+" sign in SocialSciAbs or GeneralSciAbs to search both singular and plurals e.g. father+).

If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. twentieth-century writers or twentieth century writers) to see which retrieves the most useful results.

Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with articles and books. Here are some suggested subject headings:

Human ecology  Social ecology
Environmental policy Environmental justice
Climatic changes Forest policy
Natural resources Restoration ecology
Landscapes Human-animal relationships

If you are still unable to locate articles or books on your topic, please talk to me or another reference librarian.

Find books
The High Library catalog will help you find books, videos, CDs and other materials.
To locate books available from other libraries, use WorldCat.

Find articles and essays
Get beyond Google by using some of the databases below, which contain both popular and scholarly articles. Although they deliver their content through the web, these databases are paid for through library subscriptions. Information found here would not generally be found for free on the web. Articles have been written by subject experts or professional journalists and reviewed by peers and editors.

Academic Search Premier (1975 to present)
     Continue your search in this multi-disciplinary database that indexes more than 8000 journals. Full text for more than 3600 scholarly journals. Indexing goes back to 1975 for some journals.

GreenFILE (varies)
    GreenFILE offers a collection of scholarly, government and general interest information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Includes some Open Access full text.

SocINDEX with Full Text. 1908+. Articles from over 700 sociological journals, covering topics such as abortion, criminal justice, gender studies, marriage and family, religion and urban sociology.

JSTOR (varies)
    This full text database of more than 400 journals covering humanities and social sciences as well as sciences such as ecology. 
Because of JSTOR's archival mission, the database contains articles up until the last 3 to 5 years.

Lexis Nexis (varies)
    Contains full text newspaper, magazine and newswire articles relating to current event news, business and law.

How do I find a copy of the article?
What is available here and now?
Find full text articles in journals using the following link: Locate E-town Journals.
    Type the name of the journal next to 'Find:'. Press 'Search'.
        Full text can be electronic or within the library in paper, microfiche or microfilm.

Check the publication dates of the article against the listing of years for the database . If the database includes those years, click on the link, add in an author's name or title of the article. The full text link should appear at the end of the citation.

If the article publication date doesn't match with the coverage in the database, click on 'Within the High Library'.  
    Current year paper issues of journals in the High Library are on the entrance level.
    Older print journals are on Level One, alphabetically by journal title.
    If the journal is in microfiche or microfilm, copies can be made in the library.. Ask the reference librarian or circulation student assistants for help.  Order copies online by using ILLiad.   Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.

What if it is not here?
Order items from another library, if The High Library doesn't own that specific journal or have it for the years that you need it. Requesting the article can be done through the databases or through the following software link: ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). Allow a minimum of 4-5 working days for the article to arrive.  

Citing sources

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